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SAINT-SAENS: Javotte / Parysatis

Marco Polo 8.223612

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David Hurwitz

"Although this delightful ballet's story (a boy and girl in a provincial village find love despite psychotically grumpy parents) practically defines the word "slender", the work itself is none the worse for that. A scant hour of music features Saint-Saens' typical craftsmanship, even though the 1896 date of composition might as well have been decades earlier. You get a couple of bubbly village festivals, a spinning scene, some very attractive and lyrical set pieces for the lovers, and it's over almost before you realize just how lightweight and inconsequential the whole thing really is. The incidental music to Parysatis consists of four brief movements in the composer's best Samson and Delilah style. I have to confess that I really enjoy this stuff--it's tuneful and diverting and good, clean fun. Andrew Mogrelia keeps things lively, the Queensland Orchestra plays really well, and the sonics are terrific. What's not to like?"

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